Vampironica #1 CoverVampironica #1

Written by: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art by: Greg Smallwood
Publisher: Archie Comics

From the Publisher: “When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust?”

The Riverdale group is getting into the vampire trend (several years after the trend was put out of its misery by the Twilight series).   What’s even more odd is that this story wasn’t released under the Afterlife With Archie series.   Archic Comics is trying so hard to add titles to its “Archie Horror” imprint – but did it need to?

As I kid, I was a huge fan of Archie comics. It was always the kind of comic book that your grandmother could surprise you with.  As one grows older – that wholesome teenage group story grows a little long in the tooth.   As a result, one would look for something a little more adult. The retro feel of Archie comics in these kind of books adds to the nostalgia.  A few years ago, Archie vs Predator by experienced Archie Comics veterans Ruiz and De Campi was well received and award winning.   It was well done while maintaining the look and feel of Archie and the gang.

Vampironica #1 Example

Missing The Mark

Unfortunately, this book does not feel like an Archie book.  Missing are Ruiz, Waid or De Campi so this looks and reads nothing like the original comics.  The story in this first book is a generic vampire conversion story plugged into the Riverdale teenage angst scene.  It is neither original nor interesting.  It takes the entire first book to do one thing – convert Veronica into a vampire.  What’s worse – the “villain” of the book looks a lot like Spike, the white haired character from the Buffy and Angel tv series.

The art is interesting but as said before is not standard Archie.  Greg Smallwood’s style is pencil art and shading.  It’s ok but there’s very little variation in the theme from page to page.  The real winner here is the variant covers.  I’d pick it up just for one of them: CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla, CVR C Var: Audrey Mok, CVR D Var: Djibril Morrissette-Phan and CVR E Var: Marguerite Sauvage.  One of the covers is the featured image at the top of the review.

If you are a Archie Horror fan – then pick this up.  If you collect cool covers – also pick it up.  But if you’re looking for an interesting story – give it a pass.